The latest film of acclaimed Greek director Pantelis Voulgaris, “Little England,” triumphed at the 17th Shanghai International Film Festival, competing among 14 films for the festival’s top award. The Greek film won the Golden Goblet for best feature film, best director, and best actress for Pinelopi Tsilika’s performance.
“The feelings portrayed in the film — love, separation, loneliness — are timeless. All these emotions have always been a part of the world of cinema,” Voulgaris said.
Pinelopi Tsilikas, the Greek actress honored with the best actress award stated that this award is a big encouragement to all people who are devoted to the Greek film industry in such difficult economic times.
The annual Shanghai Film Festival considered one of the most important Asian film festivals, took place between the 14th and 22nd of June at the Shanghai Grand Theater. The members of the jury were the famous Chinese actress Gong Li, who also presided, British director Sally Potter, South Korean director and screenwriter Im Sang-soo, Danish director Lone Scherfig, Chinese director Liu Jie, Japanese director Shunji Iwai, and Iranian actor and director Peyman Moaadi.
‘Little England’ is based on the best-selling novel of the same name written by Ioanna Karystiani. It portrays the lives of two sisters from the Greek island of Andros during the interwar period through the 1950s. It is the tragic love story of a woman who marries a man she doesn’t love and several years later the man she truly loves returns to the island and marries her sister.
The Greek film was amongst the highest grossing films in Greece in the past season.